Divorce, Italian Style (Italian with English Subtitles) (2-DVD)

Divorce, Italian Style (Italian with English
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DVD Features:

  • High Definition Digital Transfer
  • The Man With A Cigar In His Mouth Documentary Delighting In Contrasts: Collection of Interviews with Filmmaker/Critic Mario Sesti & Actors Stefania Sandrelli & Lando Buzzanca
  • Interview with Screenwriter Ennio De Concini
  • Rare Screen Test Footage of Actors Stefania Sandrelli & Daniela Rocca
  • 28-Page Booklet Featuring Essays by Film Critic Stuart Klawans, Director Martin Scorsese & Film Historian Andrew Sarris
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English (Optional)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: April 26, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: This release is a newly restored High-Definition digital transfer and new and improved English subtitles.
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dobly Digital Mono 2.0 - Italian


    Disc 2: Special Features

    • Documentary - 1. PIETRO GERMI: THE MAN WITH THE CIGAR IN HIS MOUTH (39 minutes).
    • Additional Footage - 1. Screen Test with Daniela Rocca and Stefania Sandrelli
    • Video Interview:
      1. DELIGHTING IN CONTRASTS - 30 minute interview
      2. Ennio De Concini - Screen Writer
  • Additional Products:
    • 28-page booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted pieces by Martin Scorsese and film historian Andrew Sarris

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , &
Directed by
Screenplay by , &
Written by
Composition by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1962 - Best Original Screenplay

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 05/29/1992
"...[A] still funny spoof of Italy's divorce laws....Capped by a satisfying final gag..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 05/20/2005
"This classic tickler is the driest and blackest of dry, black comedies..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2005
"Mastroianni gives one of the most detailed and amusing performances of his career."

Description by OLDIES.com:

Baron Ferdinando Cefalu (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor. The Criterion Collection is proud to present director Pietro Germi's hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture, winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Product Description:

A bored upper-class Sicilian (Mastroianni) has grown tired of his wife and would rather marry his attractive cousin. Unfortunately, divorce is illegal in Italy. Therefore, he decides to find a lover for his wife and murder her out of "jealousy". A hilarious farce about love and marriage. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Director, Best Actor-Marcello Mastroianni.

Plot Synopsis:

Director Pietro Germi's hilarious and pointed satire of Italian marital conventions is the prototypical Italian sex comedy.
Ferdinando Cefalu, a handsome Sicilian nobleman, longs to marry his beautiful nubile cousin Angela. There's only one problem: he's already married. Living in a society that frowns on divorce but forgives crimes of passion, Ferdinando devises a plan. He plots to prove his wife an adulteress, after which he can kill her and marry his cousin with impunity.


Production Notes:

  • A co-production of Lux-Vides-Galatea.
  • Copyright 1962, 1990 Lux-Vides-Galatea Film.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 103,470
  • UPC: 037429202524
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